II COLLOQUIUM JESEDU-Jogja2020 is an international gathering for the leadership teams of our Jesuit schools. The first Colloquium was held in Boston, USA in 2012.
The colloquium is organized by the Jesuit Schools Association of Indonesia (ASJI) and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) with the support of the Secretariat for Education of the Society of Jesus.
More than 490 participants from the six conferences of the Society of Jesus are expected to attend. The members of the Secretariat for Education and ICAJE (International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education) will also participate.
This theme is proposed based on GC 36’s emphasis on discernment and reconciliation, Fr. General Sosa’s speech in Rio de Janeiro and the recently identified Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.
DEPTH is one of the two frontiers in education identified by our former Fr General Adolfo Nicolas – the other being UNIVERSALITY. Depth is really about DISCERNMENT, which can refer not only to moral discernment and spiritual discernment (this is, strictly speaking, Ignatian discernment), but also intellectual discernment as well (or critical thinking). Discernment -in all three forms – is increasingly crucial today, as Pope Francis and the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP’s) remind us.
As clarified by GC36, we are companions sent on “a mission of reconciliation and justice.” RECONCILIATION has three dimensions: reconciliation with one another, with God and with creation and we need to work on all three dimensions. The UAPs reinforce and give urgency to the theme of Reconciliation.
The theme also promotes the 4Cs. DEPTH focuses on forming people of Conscience (moral/Ignatian discernment) and Competence (critical thinking and academic performance) while RECONCILIATION focuses on Compassion and Commitment.
The theme of our colloquium is yet another way of articulating the mission of Jesuit schools today, capturing not only the heart of GC36, but also setting initial directions for our schools to work towards the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus while continuing to be engaged with the JESEDU-Rio2017 Action Statement. We see the UAPs as enriching and challenging the continuous process of discernment encouraged by the first cycle of global gatherings (ICJSE-Boston, 2012; SIPEI-Manresa, 2014; and JESEDU-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, 2017) and the new cycle that now begins with JESEDU-Jogja2020.
Given our schools’ mission to the youth, the proposed theme – “Educating for Depth and Reconciliation” – will provide the focus areas by which our global network of schools can explore concrete ways to practically engage with and promote the JESEDU-Rio Action Statement and the four Universal Apostolic Preferences that emerged from the worldwide discernment of the Universal Society and approved by Pope Francis: To show the way to God through Discernment (Depth), walking with the Excluded and Healing our Common Home (Reconciliation), with special attention to Accompanying the Youth.
To reflect and explore, as a global network, our responsibility and methods to educate for depth and reconciliation in our world today.
How can our schools prepare to educate for depth and reconciliation?
The II Colloquium JESEDU-Jogja2020 is scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 4, 2020 at Driyarkara Auditorium, which is located at Campus 2 of Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The auditorium is named after Prof. Nicolaus Driyarkara, SJ, the first dean of Sanata Dharma Teacher Training Institute in the early years of the institution before it officially became a university in 1993. Officially opened on December 30, 2015, the auditorium can seat approximately 1000 people.
Sanata Dharma University (SDU), the location of the II Colloquium JESEDU-Jogja2020, is the only Jesuit higher learning institution in the country. Until 1993, Sanata Dharma was a Teacher Training Institute, a higher education institution that produced teachers for secondary education. The idea to set up a higher education institution for teacher training came from the Minister of Education in the early 50s. The Society of Jesus welcomed the idea by founding the institution in 1955.
In its early years, Sanata Dharma as a teacher training institute had 4 faculties/schools: English Education, History Education, Natural Sciences Education, and Pedagogy. In 1993, Sanata Dharma officially became a university. Currently the university offers 25 undergraduate programs, 10 professional programs, 8 master’s degree programs, and 1 doctorate program. Sanata Dharma now has more than 13,000 students at their 5 major campuses.
Before 1945 Yogyakarta was an independent sovereign monarchy, which began in 1755 AD. On September 5, 1945 the two-hundred-year-old Sultanate officially integrated itself into the Republic of Indonesia, the independence of which had been proclaimed one month earlier. As a province, the Special Territory of Yogyakarta has a governor as its head, and according to the 2012 Yogyakarta Privilege Law, the governor candidate should always be the monarch.
The Special Territory of Yogyakarta, or Yogyakarta in short, is made up of 5 regencies: the city of Yogyakarta, Kulon Progo, Bantul, Gunung Kidul, and Sleman, where Jesuit Sanata Dharma University and De Britto High School are. With a large number of tourist spots, Yogyakarta is a popular tourist destination among domestic as well as foreign tourists. The famous Buddhist Borobudur and Hindu Prambanan Temples, probably two of the most popular tourist attractions in Java, are located on the border between the Special Territory of Yogyakarta and the province of Central Java.
Yogyakarta is dubbed the center of Javanese Culture. The Sultan palace regularly hosts a number of cultural events open for visitors. It is also called the ‘city of students’. Institutions of secondary and higher education have attracted a large number of people from all corners of the country to come for their studies.
The event logo is made colorful to represent joy in our works. It is in the shape of a GUNUNGAN, a Javanese word meaning mountain. In Javanese tradition, the GUNUNGAN is the symbol of life and the world. The Jesuit symbol is put inside the GUNUNGAN to refer to what Pope Francis said at the 36th Congregation of the Society of Jesus, “The world is our home.” We are invited to joyfully do greater works in the world in the light of God’s love.
The books above and below the Jesuit symbol, together with the gates, are an invitation to explore knowledge and educate for depth.
The plants, two human figures with open arms, doves, and crosses inside the GUNUNGAN symbolize reconciliation with creation, with others and self, and with God. We are called to take good care of the environment and collaborate with others, as our joyful responses to the love of God.